May 2019 | Superintendent News
"Good Judgment gets you great things in life."
Josie Stever, Class of 2026
Dear Kenston Family,

As the school year ends, we have much to celebrate. Today over 260 students will be awarded their diplomas. I cannot thank our families, staff and community enough for their unwavering support of our students and soon to be graduates. You have been a vital part of their educational journey from kindergarten to commencement. Because of your efforts, they are prepared to go into the world and positively impact society as they move beyond the walls of Kenston. We are excited to see the path that they will take to achieve and fulfill their goals.

We are already looking ahead and planning for the 2019/20 school year. We look forward to welcoming your child back to school on Thursday, August 15. Link to 2019/20 Calendar Information about the upcoming school year will be community via your building, on the website, e-communication and social media. Stay In the know! by following us on Facebook and Twitter .

Again, I would like to thank our staff, students, families and community for their work and commitment to Kenston. I continue to be inspired by all those who strive to provide the best education and opportunities for our students.

Enjoy your summer!

Sincerely,
Nancy R. Santilli
Superintendent
NEW TREASURER HIRED
The Kenston Board of Education has named Paul Pestello as the school district's new treasurer, effective August 1. The school board officially approved 5-0 hiring of Mr. Pestello at a special meeting on May 17.

Mr. Pestello will leave his current position as treasurer of the South Euclid-Lyndhurst City Schools. He has been at South Euclid since 2001.

He replaces Phil Butto, who will leave the district at the end of July to take the position as the treasurer of the Hudson City Schools where he resides with his family. 

Mr. Pestello was selected from a group of three finalists. The final candidates each gave a detailed financial presentation on the district's five-year forecast to the Board of Education and Superintendent Nancy Santilli.

He started his career as an assistant auditor for the Ohio Auditor of State’s Office, becoming an assistant treasurer for the Bedford City Schools. He began his career as a school treasurer in 1995 serving in several area school districts including, Chardon, Fairport Harbor and most recently South Euclid Lyndhurst.

Mr. Pestello will advise the Board of Education on all financial related matters and oversee the district's financial operations. His responsibilities include preparation of state and federal reports, development and monitoring of the district's annual budget and five-year forecast, advising on financial implications of decisions related to the education of students and active communication with the board and community.
OHIO TEACHER EVALUATION PROCESS (OTES)
On the May Board agenda, three of our administrators were approved as OTES Credentialed Evaluators. This certification requires training and a credentialing exercise through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Each administrator is required to maintain and update their credentials to evaluate teachers every two years.
 
Senate Bill 16 made an adjustment to the teacher evaluation system that requires full implementation for the 2020-21 school year. Change in the growth measure, full evaluation calculation and the sequence of evaluation activities are the highlights of the shifts in the process.
 
Dr. Poe and I recently attended a two day, re-calibration, training session on the OTES process and the focus on developing a coaching approach between the administrator and teacher to better ensure the goal-setting is aligned, the observations targeted, and the feedback is relevant to improving instruction and student success.
 
Also in preparation for the upcoming shifts, several KIS teachers and Mr. Fender participated in three full-day regional meetings with other districts throughout the state (Kenston was selected to participate). The purpose of this prototype training was for ODE to roll out the proposed changes and gather feedback on the components that are still undeveloped or unclear. We will use next year to work with our administrators and the Kenston Education Association (KEA) to develop a meaningful evaluation process within the requirements of the new law. 
BOE RECOGNIZES LOCAL BUSINESSES
At the May 13, Board of Education Meeting five area business were recognized with Ohio School Board Association Business Honor Roll commendations for their contributions to the Kenston Community. These school-business collaborations create a win-win situation. Schools receive additional support and our students gain real-world learning from these local professionals. We appreciate these businesses for the partnerships, programs, support, opportunities and financial resources that they provide for our schools and community.
ODH RECOMMENDS UP-TO-DATE VACCINATIONS
The Ohio Department of Health is reminding all Ohioans about the importance of children and adults being up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations. 

Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to protect the person against specific diseases. Some serious and potentially life-threatening diseases that vaccines can help prevent include but are not limited to measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, chickenpox, tetanus, hepatitis A and B, and flu.

GRADUATION LIVE STREAM
We stream our graduation ceremonies live, so that friends and family of our graduating Seniors, who are unable to attend, can join in and view the celebration. Broadcasting will begin shortly before 7pm on Tuesday, May 21.


Congratulations to our Auburn Career Center students who will be celebrating the completion of their two-year Career Tech Program on Wednesday, May 22.
FOOTBALL TEAM - GRAND MARSHALL OF BLOSSOM
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The 2018 State Championship Football team will serve as Grand Marshall of the 2019 Blossom Time Parade. We are honored to have our student-athletes and coaching staff recognized by the Chagrin Valley Jaycees with this recognition. The parade kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, May 26. Link
UPCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
Regular Meeting - Monday, June 17 - TES - 7pm
Work Session - Monday, June 24 - BOE - 6pm


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